It is such shocking news to hear and share - actor Alan Thicke has passed away. He had been playing hockey with his son and suffered a heart attack on December 13, 2016 in Burbank, California.
|Alan Thicke - Hallmark Crown Media's 'Stop the Wedding'|
Alan Thicke is best known to TV viewers all around the world, as Dr. Jason Seaver, the father from the 80's sitcom series "Growing Pains," with co-stars Joanna Kerns, Kirk Cameron, Tracey Gold, and Jeremy Miller. Like many of you, I watched this show every week with my family... we never missed it, all the fun family antics, comedy, love stories, and normal teen behavior which always made great entertainment!
|Alan Thicke with the "Growing Pains" cast via ABC|
Alan Thicke had an extensive career on and off the screen, as actor, producer, and music composer, including the TV theme songs to "Different Strokes" and "Facts of Life."
He also starred in several Hallmark movies, including: 'Let it Snow' with Candace Cameron Bure, 'A Cookie Cutter Christmas' with Erin Krakow, and most recently, with Rachel Boston and Niall Matter in 'Stop the Wedding.'
There is an out-pouring of statements and comments on social media from Actors & Performers who knew Alan Thicke, including:
Kirk Cameron: "I spent Monday through Friday for seven important years with Alan Thicke as my "TV dad." I'm shocked and truly heartbroken today at the news of his death. Alan was a generous, kind and loving man. I am so blessed to have grown up with him. Chelsea and I send our love and prayers to his family tonight. We will cherish the memories… "sharing the laughter and love."
|"Growing Pains" - Kirk Cameron and Alan Thicke|
Candace Cameron Bure: "I’m sad beyond words that Alan Thicke has passed away. I’ve known you since I was 8 years old and so glad I had the pleasure of working with you again so recently on Fuller House. You were a part of my family and hockey family. You will be greatly missed. My heart hurts."
|Alan Thicke and Candace Cameron Bure|
Hallmark Crown Media - "Let it Snow"
Rachel Boston: "This photo was taken on Sunday, but I didn't know I was saying goodbye. Your spirit was so bright... #AlanThicke 🙏🏻❤️"
|image via Rachel Boston's Twitter|
|Hallmark Crown Media - "Stop the Wedding"|
Lori Loughlin: "I’m so sad to hear about the passing of Alan Thicke. RIP Alan."
Alyssa Milano: "Alan Thicke was always the nicest and happiest person in the room. Gone way too soon. Rest In Peace."
Ian Ziering: "So saddened here @Alan_Thicke has passed. He was a consummate gentleman and all around great guy. RIP dear friend."
Scot Foley: "I just learned of my friend @Alan_Thicke passing. Our familys were together not that long ago...I owe you an email. Rest In Peace pal."
Mario Lopez: "Pleasure to have known you sir… #RIP #AlanThicke "
Sarah Michelle Gellar: "I grew up loving #AlanThicke, and #factsoflife and #differentstrokes theme songs were my childhood jams #RIPAlanThicke "
Marilu Henner: "What is it w/2016? Now #AlanThicke? Just saw him looking as charming, handsome & gracious as always! And maybe the funniest guy EVER! So sad"
Leah Remini: "Just heard of Alan Thicke's passing. I had the pleasure of working with him this year. He was such a talent and good guy. My heart goes out to his family and friends. May he Rest In Peace."
William Shatneer: "Saddened over the loss of my friend Alan. Condolences to his family."
And, so many more... you can see here.
|Alan Thicke - Hallmark Crown Media|